Polo Da Don was who Stefano Langone worked with on Stevie Wonder’s “Lately.” At the beginning of the song, Stefano hit quite the rough patch. He did manage to pull out a couple of nice sounding notes, when the arrangement took a turn into the disco era. To be honest, I thought the remix on the song was weird. I still don’t entirely understand how Stefano got a second chance at the Wild Card, let alone being put through to the Top 13. But, he’s probably got the young girls’ vote on lock, considering he looks like a post-pubescent David Archuleta, just minus the vocal ability.
Karen Rodriguez worked with Jim Jonsin on Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love.” The way Karen talks about her love for Selena and her music, while interchanging Selena’s name with Jennifer Lopez’s name, leads me to believe that she doesn’t entirely grasp the fact that they are indeed two separate people. But, maybe that’s just me.
Karen’s vocal performance last night was bad. There’s no sugar coating my way around this one, folks. It was go-home-and-pack-up-your-Selena-dolls bad. There’s no possible way Karen is not going to be taking a trip to the bottom three tonight.
Baby lock them doors, I mean, Scotty McCreery worked with Don Was on “The River” by Garth Brooks. I think Randy summed it up best last night when he told Scotty, “If it ain’t broke, don’t even consider thinking about fixing it.” I definitely agree, because Scotty is on a roll. I would love to see him challenge himself next week with an upbeat country number.
Closing out the show was Naima Adedapo who worked with Tricky Stewart on Rihanna’s huge hit “Umbrella.” Tricky originally produced the track with Rihanna, and he re-worked the track for Naima.
Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I thought Naima’s performance was pretty good. I thought she started out very strong vocally, and breaking it down reggae twist was just awesome. Now, she did have some pitch problems after the reggae part, due to the dancing, and not balancing her breathing properly. But damn, I thought her performance was all kinds of awesome.